Sony RSX-GS9 GS-Series Hi-Res Digital Media Player with Bluetooth & SongPal

Model: RSX-GS9 UPC: 027242889026 Item: 170633

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Sony RSX-GS9 Overview

Sony’s audiophile-grade RSX-GS9 single-DIN mech-less media receiver is hands-down one of the best-sounding car radios that’s available on the market. Ditching CD as a source, the RSX-GS9 offers instead USB inputs, Bluetooth, an auxiliary input, as well as the traditional AM/FM tuner for your local broadcasts. Built with the finest parts available and playing high-resolution music files, you’re in for quite the thrill with this radio.

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The Way the Artists Truly Intended

Enjoy the subtlest nuances of studio-quality sound in higher than CD quality with High-Resolution Audio. Passion for music unites every component from signal to speaker so it feels like the artist is performing right in front of you.

The Ultimate In-Car Audio Experience

Take your in-car audio to outstanding new heights with the RSX-GS9 media receiver. By uniting premium components with Sony's greatest audio technologies—including DSD native playback and DSEE HX upscaling—you can be sure you’ll always enjoy high-quality audio when on the road.

Purest Audio Quality

Get the best out of your receiver with a wired connection via one of three USB ports.

Lossless Audio Comes to Your Car

With its expanded bandwidth, native Direct Stream Digital (DSD) playback delivers superior audio resolution.

Instant Streaming

Make a one-touch connection with Bluetooth via NFC for instant access to your music library.

Immerse Yourself in a Whole New in-Car Listening Experience

The RSX-GS9 is a feat of audio engineering, boasting a unique combination of Sony's most refined sound technologies—including native DSD lossless playback and an industry-leading ESS digital-to-analog converter.

DSD Native Playback Delivers Sharp, Lossless Audio

Enjoy pure detail in everything you listen to. The RSX-GS9 is the world’s first in-car media receiver with native DSD playback, a codec designed specifically for High-Resolution Audio.

ESS Digital-to-Analog Converter

Experience the same caliber of sound usually reserved for high-end home audio products, thanks to the ESS DAC chip—an industry-leading converter that provides optimum quality from all your digital music files.

Bring Every Track Closer to the Original Recording

DSEE HX technology injects more life into your music, upscaling compressed files to near High-Resolution Audio quality. Restoring the subtleties of the original recording gets you closer to the sound of a live performance.

Because Premium Sound Requires Premium Components

Beneath the beautiful brushed-aluminum finish and OLED display lie carefully engineered components that revolutionize the way you listen. A high-precision clock generator works to improve digital-to-analog conversion accuracy, while a separate digital block ensures minimal noise from interference. Each component has its own dedicated circuit to optimize performance.

Enjoy Cleaner Tone from a Highly Rigid Chassis

The RSX-GS9 has the highest rigidity ever achieved in a receiver chassis. This minimizes internal and external vibrations, achieving ultra-low distortion even in harsh in-car environments.

Separate Chassis Blocks for Optimum Performance

The dual-layer design of the chassis separates analog and digital circuitry, preventing noise for uncompromised sound quality.

Operation Amp

High-end operation amp components are used in the RSX-GS9’s analog circuits for greater depth of sound and audio realism.

Premium Sony Capacitors

Sony's specialized audio capacitors work to deliver high-fidelity sound with a bright, full-bodied tone.

Clock Generator

The clock generator further refines digital-to-analog conversion for precise, stable sound.

High-Quality Wired and Wireless Connection Options

Get the full High-Resolution Audio experience when you connect to one of the RSX-GS9’s three USB ports, or make a wireless Bluetooth connection via NFC One-touch NFC for total music mobility.

Get the Best From Your Music Over Direct USB DAC Connection

To get the best quality audio from your receiver, simply hook up your high-resolution capable smartphone to the front USB micro port for direct streaming playback with the ESS D/A converter.

Enjoy More Listening Options with Wide Codec Support

Designed to unite serious listening and digital convenience, the RSX-GS9 is compatible with a variety of popular codecs, compressed or uncompressed, for Mac or PC.

Fast, High-Quality Wireless Streaming

Wirelessly stream music from your smartphone through the receiver in an instant, thanks to One-touch NFC and LDAC high-quality Bluetooth streaming technologies.

High-Quality Bluetooth Streaming via LDAC

Get the best from your Bluetooth connection, courtesy of LDAC.

NFC One-Touch Connectivity

Connect selected NFC-enabled devices to the receiver with a single touch.

Unite Your Music

The Sony l Music Center app allows you to easily and intuitively manage your listening experience. Simply install the Sony l Music Center app on selected smartphones to take control of music playback, device settings, and more.

Combine Sony's Premium Components for Unrivaled Acoustics

Take your in-car sound further. Sony's premium on-road audio products are all designed to complement each other, so you can build the perfect audio soundscape for your car.

Product highlights

  • Single-DIN high-resolution digital media receiver
  • Mech-less design – does not play CDs
  • No built-in amplifier – requires an amplifier to drive your existing speaker system
  • Plays the following music file formats: MP3, WAV, ALAC, AAC, WMA, AIFF, FLAC, DSD
  • Audiophile-grade components: 32-bit ES9018S digital-to-analog converter, MUSES 8920E high-end operation amp
  • Bluetooth built-in for hands-free calling and audio streaming
  • 10-band equalizer built-in
  • 3 sets of pre-outs (5-volt front, rear, and subwoofer)
  • Front/Rear USB inputs
  • Front/Rear auxiliary inputs
  • Optical digital output (96kHz/48kHz sample rates)
  • Retain your vehicle’s existing steering wheel audio controls with an optional steering wheel control interface (sold separately)
  • Warranty: 1 year - World Wide Stereo is an authorized dealer for every brand we sell
  • Included: World Wide Stereo 60-day guarantee and expert product support

Specifications

Specifications:

General Features

  • Aux-In: Yes (Front)
  • EQ: Yes (EQ10)
  • High Pass Filter: Yes (OFF/50/63/79/99/125/158/198/250[Hz])
  • High Voltage Pre Out: Yes
  • Loudness: Yes
  • Low Pass Filter: Yes (PCM: OFF/50/63/79/99/125/158/198/250, DSD: OFF/150[Hz])
  • Pre Out: Front/Rear/Sub
  • Rear Bass Enhancer: No
  • Sub Out: Yes
  • Time Alignment Custom: Yes (Adjustable)
  • Time Alignment Preset: Yes
  • USB: Yes (Type A: for Front/Rear, uB for Front)

Tuner Features

  • Preset: FM18/MW6/LW6
  • RDS / EON: Yes

Panel Design

  • Display Color (Color Variation / Negative or Positive): Monochrome (2 tone)
  • Display Device (LCD / FL / OEL / TFT): OEL (with acryl)
  • Key Illumination: Yes (White)
  • USB Shutter: No
  • Panel Finish Color: Monochrome (2 tone)

iPod Control Feature

  • iPod Control (Codec): depends on iPod
  • iPod Control (List Browsing): No
  • iPod Control (Passenger Control): Yes (Always ON)
  • iPod Control (Pause): Yes
  • iPod Control (Repeat): No
  • iPod Control (Resume Play): depends on iPod
  • iPod Control (Shuffle): No

Bluetooth Profile

  • A2DP: Yes
  • AVRCP: Yes
  • HFP 1.5: Yes
  • OPP: No
  • PBAP: No
  • SPP: Yes

Bluetooth Feature

  • Call History (# of): No
  • Call History Browse with PBAP: No
  • External Microphone: Supplied
  • Last Dialed Call: No
  • MIC GAIN Adjustment: Yes (Low/Mid/High)
  • Phonebook Access via PBAP: No
  • Secure Simple Pairing: Yes
  • Speed dial: No
  • Version: 3.0

Bluetooth Audio Feature

  • Audio Codec: SBC/AAC/LDAC
  • Audio Level Adjustment: Yes (-6 to +6 dB)
  • CUE / REV: Yes
  • Meta Data Indication: No
  • Pause (Bluetooth Audio): Yes
  • TRACK +/-: Yes

USB Mass Storage Device Control Feature

  • Jump Mode: No
  • USB Device Control (Codec): MP3/WMA/WAV/AAC/FLAC/ALAC/AIFF/DSF/DSDIFF
  • USB Device Control (List Browsing): Yes (Controllable by APP)
  • USB Device Control (Pause): Yes
  • USB Device Control (Repeat): OFF/TRACK/ALBUM/ALL (Controllable by APP or remote)
  • USB Device Control (Resume Play): Yes (Resume from the start)
  • USB Device Control (Shuffle): OFF/ALBUM/DEVICE (Controllable by APP or remote)

USB-capable

  • USB Hub: No
  • USB Mass Storage Device: Yes

What's in the Box

What's in the Box:

  • One RSX-GS9 touchscreen
  • Metal mounting sleeve
  • Wiring harness
  • 15A fuse box
  • Microphone w/ attached 11' cable and mounting bracket
  • 53" USB extension cable
  • Remote control
  • 4 ISO screws
  • Pair of radio removal tools
  • Owner's manual

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Reviews

Customer Reviews for Sony RSX-GS9 GS-Series Hi-Res Digital Media Player with Bluetooth & SongPal

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Display ehh
This unit came in the car I purchased to I cannot complain to much but, the screen is so small and difficult to read. During the day, forget it.

Bluetooth does not connect that well.
July 9, 2020
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I'm not seeing the greatness
I purchased this a month ago and I feel like I wasted a lot of money. I used optical out instead of aux. When doing this I lost all features to 8nclude volume control, steering wheel controls, equalizers etc. Luckily I also purchased the perfect 8 channel amp to save the day. The downfall is i have to now use a bass knob to control the volume. The remote that comes with the device isn't even Bluetooth, it has to be pointed directly at the radio for it to function ( so if you hide your radio you have no other option but to use your phone or tablet). With that being said I had to upgrade my phone and when I did I had to tear the dash back apart to ge to the radio just to push the Bluetooth pairing button. The same rules apply if you change the battery or even disconnect it to add speakers or subs.
Before I continue let me state this" This radio looks awesome, good job product design. Let's get back to it. You can only tell the optical difference when the car is not running meaning no wind noise, engine noise or AC. It was at the u is point that I realized that wasted a lot of money. I can't really judge the sound because I upgraded to 8 jl audio c7 speakers and vxi amplifiers, and in use tidal for hi res audio. This all adds to the listening experience, so I can't say just the radio sounds good. I can however say I love they way my overall SYSTEM sounds though. I just feel that I could have gotten a very comparable sound for an 1/8 of the price. Would I recommend this? No:
Do I feel as if I just wasted money? Yes: in this case I feel like I would have been better off with the normal $400 radios. Lastly whats the point in bragging about how one could hide their radio and control it from their mobile device whe using the highest resolution cable (optical)when all of the options are grayed out. Needless to say this will on ebay soon as some comes out with the next flagship radio.
May 29, 2020
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This is good as it gets!
Hi-Res for sure, pure digital and very definite sound quality. Install one last week and everyone that heard it was overwhelmed with the emotion of the sound. Could not find anything that offered digital out.
August 31, 2019
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Awesome
What a powerfull Head Unit On this planet.. True Hi-Res..
April 2, 2019
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Great sq.
Very good sound quality..sony always creating good products.
August 31, 2018
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The Highest Sound Quality Head Unit in Production
The RSX-GS9 is The Highest Sound Quality Head Unit Currently in Production !
It is NOT for people who looks for "gimmicks" or "ease of use", Although I found it simplicity refreshing and very easy to use ! If you look for the Best of the Best Sound Quality (at this moment), then Sony RSX-GS9 will be PERFECT for you. I owned many high end head unit before like Nakamichi CD-700 Mk2, Nakamichi TD-1200 Limited etc., and this Sony have similar analog audio quality but with much better digital audio capability! One last thing, also like the touch, feel and design, it feel high end, unlike the "light in Tokyo" design of other head unit out there!
August 6, 2018
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Big waste of money
Fails to have treble mid and base adjustment and will not tune in to existing setup.. Also while playing tracks on USB if you turn engine off it restart the track from the beginning
December 12, 2017
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Brilliant design and beautiful sound
I've been looking for a head unit to match my beloved Nakamichi CD700 and finally found it. God bless you Sony!
September 16, 2016
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